SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who left his 11-year-old son in his car while he got drunk inside a City Heights bar pleaded guilty Monday to felony cocaine possession and misdemeanor child endangerment and was immediately sentenced to 120 days in jail.
Jose Ramon Hernandez, 46, will likely be deported once he completes his sentence, according to court officials.
In addition to four months in jail, Superior Court Judge Laura Halgren placed Hernandez on three years probation and ordered him to stay away from his son.
Deputy District Attorney Scott Pirrello told another judge at the defendant's arraignment that Hernandez left the child in the car from about 10 p.m. through midnight on July 9 while he became very intoxicated inside the El Uno Bar in the 3400 block of University Avenue.
Just before midnight, a concerned citizen saw the child crying in the back of the car and notified authorities, Pirrello said. When police contacted the defendant, he had a baggie of cocaine in his pocket, the prosecutor said.
The boy, who was taken to the Polinsky Children's Center in Kearny Mesa, told police he had been in the car for several hours, was scared, needed to go to the bathroom and had no idea when his father was coming out of the bar.